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The scoop on where to get the best ice cream in the St. Louis area

National Ice Cream Day is July 21!
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ST. LOUIS – I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Especially on National Ice Cream Day! In honor of the day, 5 On Your Side has put together your top spots to grab a scoop or two.

National Ice Cream Day is on July 21 this year. It's celebrated on the third Saturday in July every year.

We asked our Facebook followers to give us their favorite spot to grab ice cream and here’s what they came up with:

Here are the top five:

Clementine’s | 1637 S. 18th Street in Lafayette Square, 730 DeMun in Clayton and 4715 Macklind in the South Hampton neighborhood

Clementine’s is known for small batch, scratch made ice cream. Every ‘ice cream concoction’ is created with 100% natural ingredients.

‘Clementine’s is by far the best ice cream in STL!’ Kara Trakas-Gross said.

‘Clementine’s. No contest,’ Dustin Otten said.

‘Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery Hands down! Their Salted Crack Caramel and Italian Butter Cookie flavors are AMAZING!!!!’ Erica Bunker said.

READ MORE: Celebrate ‘National Ice Cream Day’ at Clementine’s

Main Street Creamery | 110 West Main Street, Washington, Missouri

‘Main Street Creamery Washington Mo,’ Sandra Carter said.

They’re known for their hand-scooped ice cream and supersized shakes! They even have a ‘cowboy shake’ where an ice cream cone comes on top!

Dairy Haven | 112 North Main Street Caseyville, Illinois

Dairy Haven has been a staple in Caseyville for 65 years. It first opened in 1954. They’re known for their ice cream (obviously) and their homemade orange sherbet. If you head to Dairy Haven, you’ll need cash as they do not accept cards.

Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream | 8130 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves

‘Serendipity-Webster,’ Christine Lofstedt said.

‘Serendipity in Webster groves,’ Michelle Williamson said.

Serendipity is known for their homemade ice cream and having ‘creative ways’ of eating their ice cream. You can get it in between cookies, in a waffle cone, regular cone and more.

Ices Plain and Fancy | 2256 S 39th Street, St. Louis

This spot was founded in 2013 and is blocks from Tower Grove Park. It’s known for its flash-churning nitro ice creams. Ices Plain and Fancy is also celebrating its fifth anniversary on National Ice Cream Day.

‘2 places. Clementine’s and Ices Plain and Fancy,’ Alisha Holdener said. ‘Ices Plain and Fancy ice cream is a food group for me. Campfire S’more year-round! 😁’

And no, we did not forget about Ted Drewes...

‘If you don’t say Ted Drewes are you really from St Louis?’ Tiffany Burns Dial said. She might be right, but we did ask for the best ice cream, not frozen custard. We love Ted Drewes, by the way!

So, what’s the difference between frozen custard and ice cream?

Ice cream is made from milk, cream or both and frozen custard is made from milk, cream and egg yolks.


In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.

According to International Dairy Foods Association, Americans consume about 23 gallons of ice cream each year, on average.

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